FOR RELEASE FROM SEDALIA SYMPHONY (Betty Blackwell)
November 13, 2018
SEDALIA SYMPHONY PRESENTS SEASONAL EVENTS
The annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah will be held on Sunday, December 2 nd , 3:00 p.m., at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 209 West Broadway. The Community Chorus, under the direction of Sandy Cordes, will be accompanied by Cheryl McCollester, piano, Debbie Mueller, organ, and the Sedalia Symphony Ensemble composed of Julie Willadsen, Hannah Wagenknecht, Eleanor Ballenger, Gwendolyn Kappelman, Mary Margaret Dale, Gary Moege, Scott Lichte, Michael Moellman, William Decker, and Robert Koffman. This marks the 30 th consecutive year for Mrs. Cordes to direct the Messiah. Presentation of The Messiah is the Sedalia Symphony Society’s gift to the community with no admission charge.
Christmas POPS Concert
The second event will be the Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas POPS Concert to be held on Monday, December 3 rd , 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Celebration Center, 1701 West 32 nd Street. The orchestra, under the direction of Luke Lyons, will welcome guest artists, member of the Smith-Cotton Junior High School Sound Effects under the direction of Levi Hudnut. In the POPS tradition, popcorn and soda will be served. Adult tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. Students K-12 and students with college ID are admitted free.
Something new this year. We are pleased to partner with Open Door and offer the opportunity for everyone to share. You are invited to bring non-perishable items such as canned fruits and vegetables, instant potatoes, gravy mix, pancake mix, even can openers, to help stock the shelves at Open Door during this holiday season.
The Sedalia Symphony Society Board is proud to announce the new conductor, Luke Lyons of Springfield, Missouri, for the 84th symphony season. Lyons was selected after the search committee had intensive interviews with outstanding local and out-of-area candidates. In the history of the symphony, he will be the fourth person to hold this position. Mr. Abe Rosenthal helped to organize the symphony with the ladies of the Helen G. Steele Music Club in 1935 and went on to be the conductor for 45 years. Only Arthur Fiedler of the Boston Pops has been a continual conductor of the same organization for a longer time period. Mr. Harold J. Johnston followed as the second conductor and Ms. Gwendolyn Kappelman was the third.
Mr. Lyons has completed his masters in orchestral conducting from Missouri State University under the tutelage of Dr. Christopher Kelts. He is the founder and co-conductor of the MSU Repertory Ensemble and has been guest conductor for the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. Luke brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to the position and is ready to join the symphony in bringing more outstanding music to the community.
The first concert of the 2018-19 season will be October 15, 7:30 p.m., at the Heckart Performing Arts Center in Sedalia, Missouri with Cornet Chop Suey as guest artist. The Messiah is a musical gift to the community December 2, 3 p.m. at Broadway Presbyterian Church. The Christmas Pops Concert, at the First United Methodist Church Celebration Center, is December 3, 7:30 p.m. The February 25, 2019 concert will have the MU Singers as the guest artist, and over 100 youth string players joining with the symphony. The final concert of the season will be April 15, 2019, with the Harold J. Johnston Scholarship recipients as guest performers.